Marine Interdiction Agent

US Department of Homeland Security - San Diego, CA3.9

Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations.

Conducts maritime patrols and interdictions at sea, on lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror
Conducts interdiction operations against national security threats to include, illegal drugs and undocumented alien smuggling
Conduct joint investigations related to border security in the maritime environment

**Newly appointed MIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location, have been authorized to receive a 25% recruitment incentive in-addition to, LEAP and overtime pay.

A fully trained Marine Interdiction Agent (MIA) may be eligible for overtime pay (up to an additional 25% of salary). Marine Interdiction Agents (MIA) may also have a higher starting salary based on their duty location. Please visit the OPM website
for more information.

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking do not apply to this Public Notice.

The Marine Interdiction Agent position is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GL-9, 11 & 12. You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For example you could:
Start as an MIA in July 2018 as a GL-9 Step 1 (RUS pay $52,285) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $63,615) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $74,945) per year*
Promote as an MIA in July 2019 as a GS-11 Step 1 (RUS pay $61,218) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $74,484) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $87,750) per year*
Promote in July 2020 to GS-12 Step 1 (RUS pay $73,375) - (RUS + 25% LEAP $89,275) - (RUS + LEAP + RI $105,175) per year*
  • Please note this example includes a range of min.locality pay 'Rest of the United States' (RUS) up to max. potential salary with LEAP and the RI for CAMB locations. Pay rates are based on the 2018 "Rest of the United States" salary table and does not take into consideration higher locality pay, possible over time, or where applicable or yearly cost of living increases.
Travel Required
25% or less - You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series


Conditions of Employment
REQUIRED: Qualifying Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
Meet experience or education requirements
Must meet job related medical, fitness and drug testing standards
Successfully pass a background investigation and polygraph examination
Must be referred prior to your 40th birthday *Waiver for Veterans Preference eligibles
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position.
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service.
Primary U.S. residency for the last three years; AD military exempt
You qualify for the GL-9 grade level (starting salary $63,615 - $84,331 with potential overtime) if you possess at least one year of specialized experience that provided you with the knowledge of basic law enforcement methods, techniques, and skills OR Qualifying Education OR a combination of both qualifying experience and education.

Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:
Enforcing laws, effecting arrests and conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects
Performing surveillance, writing reports detailing activities and observations
Collecting and securing evidence and providing expert testimony in court
See the Education section for qualifying education and/or a combination of both qualifying experience and education.

U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC): You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials. A qualifying MMC is required at time of application.

Qualifying MMCs: OUPV, Master or Deck's Mate showing the, expiration date and capacity pages of the license.
  • If you do not possess a qualifying MMC or upload both pages of your MMC you will not receive consideration for this announcement.
Don't have a MMC? See what it takes to get one.
Master MMC

2nd Mate MMC


National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link .

Polygraph Examination: The position is a polygraph-required position. If you are not a current CBP employee in a law enforcement position, you may be required to take a polygraph exam and have favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination. (

Polygraph Reciprocity: CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package.

Polygraph Waiver: Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package.

Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:
Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas Exceptions may be granted if you provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
A Master's degree or two full years of graduate education in a qualifying progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or a J.D. or LL.B., in a qualifying field (e.g., criminal justice, intelligence, homeland security, justice studies, law enforcement, courts and judicial systems, forensic technology, and corrections and rehabilitation);
A combination of successfully completed post-bachelors education and experience. This will be calculated using your resume and unofficial transcripts submitted with your application. If education is used for your qualification, official transcript will be required upon selection.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement 12/15/2018.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Additional information
Firearm Proficiency: Firearm proficiency is required for Marine Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided.
Driver's License: You must possess a valid driver's license.
Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: You will attend approximately 23 weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, consisting of 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT) which includes a 100-meter swim and 15-minute survival float test that must be passed to complete the course; followed by 4 weeks of Spanish Language training (if you failed the Spanish Language proficiency test given during the AMBT course); and 4 weeks of Marine Law Enforcement training. Additionally, you will be required to complete the following training programs after successful completion of AMBT: (1) Crewmember training course at your local duty station; (2) Tactical Boarding Officer training course; and (5) Initial Vessel Commander Certification at the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in St. Augustine, FL. Failure to successfully complete all of the training may be grounds for mandatory removal from the position.
Mobility: You are required to sign a mobility agreement and be willing to relocate as necessary.
Uniforms: This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
Shift Work: This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations.
Overtime: Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. The knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform this job are:

Knowledge and skill in the use of proper law enforcement and interdiction techniques
Ability to evaluate and use intelligence information by consolidating disparate facts, events and other intelligence material
Ability to operate a wide variety of vessels
Knowledge of navigation techniques
Ability to operate radar systems capable of multiple target acquisition, electronic navigation systems, fathometers and communication suites
Once you meet the minimum qualifications and pass the polygraph examination, you will be evaluated through the use of three (3) qualification assessments: written examination, vessel practical and structured interview.
Assessments are pass/fail and applicants must pass all three assessments in order to remain in consideration. If you previously applied for an MIA position and failed an assessment, you must wait 6 months before retaking the assessment. Scores on passed assessments are valid for 24 months.

Written Examination: This examination covers the following areas - Rules of the Road, Navigation General, and Deck General. To prepare for the examination, you should refer to study aides for preparing for the USCG MMC - Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vehicles (OUPV) license. You should also review and practice chart plotting. Chart plotting tools will be provided.
Vessel Evaluation: You will be required to demonstrate your vessel handling proficiency on an approximately 30' twin engine vessel. You will be evaluated on your knowledge of equipment safety and nomenclature, Marine VHF, vessel handling and practical demonstration of navigation and docking in various conditions.
Structured Oral Interview: You must be able to answer scenario-based interview questions to demonstrate your knowledge of core competencies needed for this position.Applicants are responsible for all expenses associated with their travel to and from the assessment.

You will be responsible for all expenses associated with transport to and from the National Maritime Training Center, as well as lodging in St. Augustine, FL and all other personal expenses incurred.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
If you have questions regarding the documentation that is required for this announcement please contact an AMO recruiter at or the CBP Hiring Center at

It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, or supporting documents that are uploaded are received and are accurate. CBP will not modify, change or contact you regarding the completeness or accuracy of your application. If a document is not legible, you will not be able to view it in Application Manager and you must again upload it by the close date.

REQUIRED - Resume: A resume in English is required and it must contain your full legal name, address, phone number and e-mail address. All experience must be clearly accounted for in your resume and explained in detail, the type of law enforcement work you have performed with specific examples that include the position titles and the length of time (including hours per week MM/DD/YY) served in each position. If you do not provide detailed work experience as stated above, you will be found ineligible for this announcement. Examples of law enforcement experience include, but are not limited to: enforcing laws, effecting arrests, performing surveillance, conducting interviews and interrogations with witnesses and suspects, collecting and securing evidence, writing reports detailing activities and observations, and providing expert testimony in court. Upload as 'Resume'

REQUIRED - U.S. Coast Guard Issued Merchant Mariner Credentials: You must submit a legible and current copy of your Merchant Mariner Credentials: OUPV, Master's License or Deck's Mate License showing, the expiration date and capacity pages of the license.
Upload under 'Other" as MMC Exp. & MMC Cap. **Failure to submit this documentation will prevent you from moving forward in the application process.

Transcripts: IF basing any part of your qualifications on education and must be in English from an accredited institution. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required. *If using education to qualify*

Age Requirement Documents: You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 40th birthday, you will need to submit proof that you are eligible for the position of Marine Interdiction Agent if you are over 40, or will be turning 40 within the next 60-90 days. If you are claiming an age waiver based on Federal law enforcement service; you must submit copies of your SF-50s reflecting the beginning and end of creditable Federal civilian (not military) service under Title 5 U.S.C. 8331(20), and Title 5 U.S.C. 8401(17). Block 30 of your SF-50 should show Retirement Code M or O. If you do not meet the age requirement and you are unable to provide this required documentation, you will not receive consideration under this announcement. *ALL current/former Federal employees MUST provide the required SF-50s (beginning/ending) for coverage period(s) they are claiming. If you are claiming an age waiver based on veterans' preference, submit the required Veterans' Preference documents. Ensure that you enter your creditable service dates.

Are you a veteran? To apply veterans' preference for age waiver you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
5 Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period;
10 Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later; or
If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected type of discharge, qualifying medals and anticipated date of separation. For more information about veterans; preference visit this link .

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent.

Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
Position title
Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
Beginning and ending dates of appointment
If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.


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